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Competition to design the ‘House of the Future’

The Homes of the Future competition is a fun and hands-on activity for pupils in years 5 and 6 in the 2019-20 academic year. We invite them to consider what future homes should look and feel like. This competition is open to pupils from all primary schools in the Liverpool City Region with a deadline of Friday 29 November 2019.

The competition for schools is being run as part of a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCR CA) initiative to promote, improve and raise the quality of Design in the Built Environment. We want to highlight and encourage awareness amongst children and young people of the issues associated with good design processes and how these are connected with thinking about the environment, sustainability, low carbon and inclusivity.

Competition details and all resources are available at: House of the future competition

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Contact name:

Sarah Lovell or Mark Dickens

Type of offer:

Classroom resource Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform Young people’s opportunity to visit, experience and participate in art or culture

Key Stage:




Session length:

One day to several days

Nature of activity or art form:

Visual art Design & Architecture

Subject or curriculum focus:

Art & design English Gatsby benchmarks (skills for employment) Geography Maths Science Design technology

Outcomes for children & young people:

Raised aspirations Raised attainment Social skills Future work: Employability skills


All information including activity/lesson plans, films and downloadable resources are available on the website

The judging panel includes:

  • Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
  • Danielle Gillespie, General Manager, Homes England
  • Mairi Johnson, Director of Estates, National Museums Liverpool
  • Paul Monaghan, Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding partner of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Barbara Spicer, Chief Executive at Plus Dane Housing Group Limited.

Entries can be made as a group of 3 – 4 individuals or individually.

There will be 3 prizes for submissions from groups as follows:

  • 1st Prize, £100 gift vouchers to be shared within the group
  • 2nd Prize, £60 gift vouchers to be shared within the group
  • 3rd Prize, £40 gift vouchers to be shared within the group

There will be 3 prizes for submissions from individuals as follows:

  • 1st Prize, £25 gift vouchers
  • 2nd Prize, £15 gift vouchers
  • 3rd Prize, £10 gift vouchers

All 1st Prize winners from both categories will also receive a family ferry ticket.

There will also be the ‘Metro Mayor’s Prize‘. The winner will receive:

  • Gift vouchers equivalent to the 1st Prize amount above (either £100 if a group or £25 for an individual)
  • Family Ferry Ticket
  • Their designs worked up into a professional architects drawing by Owen Ellis Architects.

All winners work will be displayed in the public exhibition in autumn. Winners will be invited, along with their family and teacher, to attend the exhibition launch and prize